Speaker Date Topic
Michael Verdi Mar 28, 2019
Joint Terroism Task Force
Joint Terroism Task Force

Supervisory U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officer (SCBPO) Michael Verdi is a twenty six year veteran of law enforcement.  He began his law enforcement career in 1993 when he entered the New York City Hospital Police Academy and graduated with the highest grade point average for his academy class.  After graduation, he was assigned to the agency’s 11th division in Brooklyn, NY and in early 1996 he was promoted to detective. 

Later in 1996, he left the Hospital Police and joined the U.S. Customs Service serving in a support role until 1998 when he was promoted to a U.S. Customs Inspector and was assigned to John F. Kennedy Airport in New York City.  During this assignment, he worked in a variety of units including the Anti-Terrorism Contraband Enforcement Team and the Outbound Currency Enforcement Team.  In 1999, SCBPO Verdi became a certified Federal instructor and began teaching the U.S. Customs Service’s National Outbound Currency Interdiction Training, an advanced training program certified by the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC), earning him the agency’s Best Practice Award.

In 2003, U.S. Customs Service was incorporated into the new U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency under the Department of Homeland Security.  That year, SCBPO Verdi transferred to the Port of New York/Newark.  While in Port New York/Newark, he was assigned to the Counter Terrorism Response Team and became an instructor for the CBP Air Passenger Anti-Terrorism Training.

 In 2008, he was promoted to a CBP Supervisory Officer and supervised a variety operational units.  In 2010, he was assigned to the New York Field Office as the Supervisor of the CBP Tactical Analytical Unit, a Field Intelligence Unit responsible for intelligence collection and distribution for all CBP ports within New York and New Jersey.  This unit frequently supported other agency investigations pertaining to human and drug trafficking, money laundering, terrorism, and transnational organized crime.

In 2014, SCBPO Verdi was assigned by CBP as a Liaison to the Northern New Jersey High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force, supporting high level domestic and international drug trafficking and money laundering investigations.  While in this capacity, he earned the New Jersey Narcotics Enforcement Officer’s annual Guns, Gangs and Drugs award three years in a row, and was cited by the Federal Executive Board of Metropolitan Northern New Jersey with an honorable mention for their annual Enforcement/Security/Investigative Award in 2015.

In May, 2017; SCBPO Verdi transferred to the CBP Area Port of Orlando, where he initially was assigned as a CBP Liaison with the Drug Enforcement Administration before being assigned to the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force in Orlando in October, 2018.


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Ken Chapman Apr 04, 2019
The History of the Salvation Army
The History of the Salvation Army

A fourth generation Salvationist, Ken was born and raised in Savannah, GA. He received a Bachelor of Music Education Degree at Armstrong/Atlantic University. Ken taught High School Band for ten years where he won over 300 hundred competition awards and was named Teacher of the Year twice during his tenure. He received his Masters of Music Education and a Masters in Conducting from Georgia State University. He is an accomplished musician and you may see him playing the cornet around the Red Kettles in the holiday months. Captain Chapman served as a member of The Salvation Army Southern Territorial Songsters in which he participated in a Scandinavian Tour.  Before Officership, he taught High School Band and Theater, and then, for twenty years, Ken was CEO and Creative Director for Creative Events International. He was the Music Producer for the 1996 Atlanta Olympics and theExecutive Producer for the Atlanta and Barcelona Paralympics Ceremonies. Captain Chapman won twentytwo industry awards as a Producer and produced the Easter Egg Roll for the Bush Administration at the White House in 2006. Captain Chapman was the Producer for Santa’s Traveling Workshop, a touring show that brought toys and hope to over 300,000 people affected by hurricane Katrina.

In 2005, the Captain served as the Executive Producer and Operations Director for American Frontiers, a trek across public lands in partnership with the Federal Government and National Geographic Society. Over 70 people trekked across public lands over 60 days and educated about the value of public lands in America. The National Geographic Society produced a documentary of this historic event where every step of the trek was on public lands, utilizing many forms of transportation. Captain Chapman held news conferences with the Secretaries of the Interior and Agriculture. He interacted with law enforcement and the National Park Service for logistics and safety of the teams.

He was responsible for every aspect of the trek. The Federal Land Management Agencies considered it one of their most historic events in this century.  Captain Chapman has produced the creative and operational logistics for hundreds of corporate shows and opening and closing ceremonies.  Captain Chapman realized God’s call on his life and offered his life for Salvation Army Officership. Captain Chapman is married to Jessie Starks Chapman (who is also a Salvation Army Officer), has three children - Danielle, Alexis, and Micah – and lives in Orlando, FL. Captain Chapman was recently transferred from Tulsa, OK, previously serving in Jackson, Mississippi. Under his leadership, the Jackson Command tripled its budget, increased from 42 to 114 employees, built a $8 million dollar facility, and worked diligently to break the cycles of entitlement and building people to empowerment and productivity. He is currently implementing a revolutionary Social Service program called Pathway of Hope. He has been honored by the Jackson City Council and received the Community Hero award for his work with Yazoo City tornado disaster relief, the “Making Things Brighter Award” from Entergy, and recognized for excellence in service by the Air National Guard. 

Captain Chapman is the proud Grandfather of Maddox Vincent Brumfield and Elijah Royce Brumfield. His middle daughter, Alexis, studied at Asbury University and his son studied as a Music Education Major at the University of Southern Mississippi. Marlee Marie, the first Granddaughter was recently born. Captains Ken and Jessie Chapman count it an honor to serve in the Orlando area where amazing things are beginning to happen.


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David Parks Apr 11, 2019
Division Manager, Parks Division
Division Manager, Parks Division

If you drive in Central Florida, the I-4 Ultimate project affects you. It’s the largest infrastructure project in Florida history. The project is reconstructing 21-miles of the interstate in Orange and Seminole counties, including 15 major intersections and 140 bridges.

David Parks, I-4 Ultimate public information officer, will provide a project overview, update on progress and tell us how to cope with the changes. 

Mr. Parks has provided information on more than 113 miles of interstate projects as an FDOT consultant over the past 14 years. Previously, he worked in news and sports radio in Southwest Florida.


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Rotating Rotarians Apr 18, 2019
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